For us English folk, Spain has been the go-to summer family holiday location for decades. So much so, in fact, that I'm almost repelled by how familiar it is to me. Then, this morning, I received an email from Peter Jablonowski of FilmSpektakel informing me that he and Thomas Pöcksteiner produced a time-lapse of the Spanish island Tenerife and all my preconceived notions melted away.
One point of allure for Tenerife that I was unaware of is that it's one of the world's best locations for astrophotography and star-gazing due to its low levels of light pollution. That had my ears pricked up immediately. Combined with a familiarity with the high standard of quality FilmSpektakel produces, I was already sold.
Peter gave me a little background information on the project with Thomas:
In September, we spent two weeks with five cameras and two sleeping bags in Tenerife to explore the island abroad from all the tourism hotspots, focusing on its nature and lost places. In 10 days, we slept several nights beneath one of the most breathtaking night skies there is in the whole world, visited a ghost town, a forgotten village, which used to be a leper colony until it was abandoned, and found a lost hotel, on which construction was suddenly stopped in the 70s because the owner was unknown. We gathered 42,187 shots, which kept us busy for over 240 hours in post-production and took up 1.12 terabytes of our hard drives.
That's enough of the fluffy words of positivity. It's time to put your wallets and purses in lock-up as here's their gear list:
Sony A7R II
Canon 5D Mark III
2x Canon 6D
2x Pocketslider (pocketslider.de)
Canon 11-24mm F4
Canon TS-E 17mm F4
Canon 24-105mm F4
Tamron 24-70mm F2.8
Sony 24-70mm F4
Samyang/Walimex 14mm F2.8
The bar for an enjoyable time-lapse has been rising rapidly over the last few years and it's in no small part due to the incredible technical abilities of people like FilmSpektakel. This is all pulled together with some of the most impressive video editing you're likely to see. The Tenerife tourism board need to get this time-lapse in front of as many eyes as possible.